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10/17/2019

Oribe dry shampoo, Hanz de Fuko "Quicksand" dry shampoo styling wax and R+Co "Badlands" dry shampoo styling paste are among GQ editors' recommended products for those with thinning hair.

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10/17/2019

Women are making their mark in the confectionery industry this year with industry award recognition and unprecedented gains in the C-suite, according to a Candy Industry blog post. "As more women take over leadership roles, there are more of them around to mentor others and to push for even more women to rise up the ranks," it states.

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Candy Industry
10/17/2019

Increasing hotel rates are giving rise to same-day booking apps such as HotelTonight and OneNight that provide spur-of-the-moment opportunities and great rates, as well as the thrill of the chase for some. "The hotels have a chance to fill empty rooms and make some money that they wouldn't otherwise," explains HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank, who says rates generally are 16% to 50% off the lowest published rates.

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Forbes
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10/17/2019

Zurich's five-star Dolder Grand Hotel, Canada-based Sandman Hotel Group and Expedia are among the hospitality companies meeting a growing demand for digital payments by accepting bitcoin payment. "We believe Bitcoin is here to stay, [and] it only seems natural to offer more choices in the payment process," Dolder's Andre Meier says.

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10/17/2019

Those who can't be James Bond, or even Daniel Craig, can at least approximate the lifestyle for a week at a time by renting the yacht used by the villain in "Casino Royale" for $72,000. The 100-foot-long performance vessel features a master suite, four additional cabins, a hot tub and several water toys.

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Business Insider
10/16/2019

MGM Resorts International is readying a joint venture of the Bellagio by selling the bulk of it to Blackstone Group for $4.25 billion, keeping a 5% stake, leasing back the property for $245 million annually and continuing all operations. MGM also is selling Circus Circus for $825 million to an affiliate of Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin, with the sales freeing up cash to pay down debt and allow more investment in entertainment, sports betting, sports and a presence in Japan.

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10/16/2019

New York's Equinox hotel lobby has nary a chandelier in sight, and its CEO has a disdain for the word wellness ("I like 'high-performance lifestyle,'" Chris Norton says) -- all part of an effort to tweak luxury to suit a different clientele. Among the hallmarks: Hudson Yards' honeycomb-style sculpture designed for morning runs; mini bars packed with champagne, diet supplements and lip fillers; and a staff that focuses on fast, friendly, anticipatory service.

10/16/2019

Artificial intelligence is quickly gaining confidence among workers, according to a study by Oracle and Future Workplace in which 64% of respondents said they "would trust a robot more than their manager." Eighty-two percent of people say AI is better than managers at delivering unbiased information, managing work schedules and balancing budgets.

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ZDNet
10/16/2019

Hotels should respond to rapid dietary and technical change in the food and beverage sector by turning to outside vendors with special expertise, panelists urged at a recent UK conference. An exception might be niche amenities such as Scottish brewery BrewDog, which operates a beer-oriented hotel in Columbus, Ohio, says owner James Brown.

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Hotel News Now
10/16/2019

As Airbnb prepares to go public in 2020, the short-term rental enterprise faces a decision of whether to invest in Google's vacation rental search vehicle. Google could present Airbnb's greatest competitive threat, experts note.

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Skift